‘Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful’

1950s home with lots of potential at entrance to St Lukes Hospital, Rathgar

72 Tritonville Road, Sandymount, Dublin 4.

72 Tritonville Road is an attractive four bed that's ready to go but family buyers will probably want to address the kitchen

Molar Chair by Wendell Castle

Wendell Castle was known as the father of American art furniture

Northcote, 17 Temple Gardens, Rathmines, Dublin 6

Northcote in Temple Gardens last sold in 1918. With renovation, it will make a fine home

Number 42 Seafort Avenue, Sandymount, Dublin 4

Number 42 Seafort Avenue has been extended and the space cleverly reorganised

The Valentine became the iPad of its day

There had been portable typewriters before but this was to look like a leisure item

Potential to expand this smart redbrick to a four-bed with an extension above garage

10 The Square, Beggars Bush, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4.

First-floor apartment would particularly suit downsizers looking for privacy and space

A Homemaker tureen

Starting with a dinner service, the range extended to include more complex shapes such as tea cups, coffee pots and tureens

22 Green Park

Spacious five-bed 1930s family home at 22 Green Park in walk-in condition

22 Green Park, Orwell Road, Dublin 14

Spacious 1930s five-bed in Green Park cul de sac setting ideal for a growing family

A smart extension has turned this property into a spacious five-bed with attic office

46 South Hill, Dartry, Dublin 6: roomy, sunny bungalow near the Dodder.

Roomy South Hill three bed offers 176sq m in quiet Dublin 6 enclave near the Dodder

Without any design or decorative pattern printed on the earthenware pieces, they were instantly regarded as daring and modern

Ardenza, Torquay Road, Foxrock, Dublin 18

Backing onto Foxrock Golf Club, Ardenza has been in the same family for 100 years

133 Pearse Street, Dublin 2

Eoin O'Malley's city-centre three-bed gives any designer apartment in this docklands area a good run for its money

Lismore Waterford Glass

There is something very special in the Lismore design that makes it t timeless, at one both heritage and modern

Three-bed redbrick could do with a refresh but is ready to be moved into

Owners of this redbrick have done a lot of work to it but now they are moving on


Mews house built on a grand scale in the 80s

Easy-to-fold buggy an example of how good design can improve people’s lives

The classic JanSport backpack.

Famous backpack, with humble beginnings, is a staple for school and college students

There was something mesmerising about watching the image you had just taken emerge on that distinctive shaped Polaroid paper

The first commercial instant camera came about because a little girl couldn’t wait to see a photograph

Laze purple sofa from DFS

Homefront: Heirlooms for baby, designer wrapping and eco-friendly market

Post-war boom proved perfect time for practical pine-scented car freshener

Though invented in 1968, it wasn’t until 1980 that 3M released the handy blocks of yellow sticky-backed paper under the name Post-it.

In their first year alone, those handy little reusable slips of paper racked up $2m in sales

Its important 20th-century design is reflected in its position in museum collections from the Victoria & Albert in London to the A(...)

Number 22 Mount Prospect Lawns, Clontarf, Dublin 3 is 152sq m

Number 22 Mount Prospect Lawns is a contemporary home in showhouse condition

6 Eglinton Park, Donnybrook, Dublin 4

Even the paintwork is perfect in renovated home in quiet Donnybrook cul-de-sac

Period detail and modern comforts mean this Dublin 6 redbrick built in 2012 will attract downsizers from premium properties nearby

Each dish is created out of a sand mould and after casting, two layers of enamel are applied.

Cast iron cookware an essential piece of kit for any serious home cook

Claremount, Claremont Road, Carrickmines, Dublin 18 has  32sq m (3,520sq ft) of space

Claremount is a roomy five-bed 19th-century house that was renovated a decade ago

Gerry Adams during his address to delegates at the Sinn Féin Ardfheis last weekend. Live coverage of the political party ardfheiseanna and conferences will cost about €150,000-€200,000 in 2017, according to RTÉ. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Gerry Adams grabbed the biggest audience last weekend but leader broadcasts have had their day

Carrigaline Pottery was a success from the start

Based on a hunch by Hodder Roberts that pottery could be made from local clay in Cork

Meticulously upgraded and extended at the Rock Road end of Booterstown Ave

16 The Warehouse, Clanbrassil Terrace, The Blackpits, Dublin 8

Two-bed apartment on Clanbrassil Terrace part of development at old Crowe Wilson building

10 Mount Street Crescent, Dublin 2

Grand period property with income potential on Mount Street Crescent

A decent makeover could transform this Blackrock two-bed off Avoca Avenue

The IQ light system was designed in 1972 by Danish designer Holger Strøm, who was then working at the Kilkenny Design Workshops, Ireland. Photograph: iqlight.com

Design Moment: IQ light, c 1972

A small dining room at 22 Ardagh Drive in Blackrock opens out to the back garden and into the kitchen extension.

Ardagh Drive house was more than doubled in size to 170sq m during remodelling

A sack-back Windsor Chair

18th-century chair has distinctive comb and hoop backs and is renowned for its longevity

Modern Donnybrook three-bed a good fit with neighbours

Willow Pattern presented a fantasy image of China to people who would never go. Photograph: iStock

Originally imported from China in vast quantities, English potteries sought to fill the demand for the highly fashionable porcelai(...)

Although renovation is under way, the house boasts tremendous sense of space and elegance

Attention to detail is striking in this renovated home on Beechwood Road for €1.595m

The glass is one of those rare designs that is still ubiquitous because of its perfect combination of elegance and durability

24 Leeson Park, Dublin 6

Spacious renovated four-bed Victorian house ideally situated in Ranelagh

Cycling on the beach at Jurmala, Latvia – not as easy as it looks

On a gruelling week-long cycle through Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia, sometimes it’s nice to just take the tourbus to the next hot(...)

Stationery and storage are big sellers

No-brand quality goods with global recognition

Charming three-storey redbrick has five bedrooms and a large south-facing garden

Four-bed house has a light-filled interior and scope to extend upwards

The Nike Air Force 1. It was a technologically advanced basketball shoe, marketed initially to basketball players

The shoe became an influential and enduring item of streetstyle

2 Clyde Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4, 376sq m (4,050sq ft), is selling for €3 million through SherryFitzGerald

The 376sq m house in Dublin’s embassy belt previously rented by British Embassy

Number 47 Warner’s Lane, Ranelagh, Dublin 6 is on sale for €950,000

Tucked away behind Leeson Street, 47 Warner’s lane is quiet but close to the city centre

It shows the constructive simplicity that marks it as truly modern

Made by Italian label Cappellini, it edged its way into modern classic status

Following a makeover the apartment is being presented in pristine condition

A hanging wall plaque  from John ffrench’s Arklow Studio Pottery

BT’s ffrench collection was ‘tortured ashtrays at three guineas apiece’, according to Flann O’Brien

43 Marlborough Road, Dublin 4

Four-bedroom over-basement Victorian’s garden features a flexible studio space

Number 9 Convent Road, Blackrock, Co Dublin has 150sq m of space, with scope to extend

This 1930s three-bed on Convent Road might suit downsizers or a family with schoolgoing kids

Number 17 Longford Terrace, Monkstown, Co Dublin, is 445sq m (4,790sq ft)

Number 17 has been converted back into a magnificent family home in walk-in condition

Ireland’s most famous neon sign at South Great George’s St in Dublin

In 1912 the words “Palais Coiffeur” lit up the boulevard Montmartre

1 Frankfort Avenue, Rathgar, Dublin 6

She lived here with her Polish husband and was hugely involved with Dublin’s artistic life

21 Iona Park, Dublin 9

Spacious four-bed property with attractive interior features in Iona Park

Chances are you have an Ikea Billy bookcase or know someone who does. And not just one – several.

Such is the ubiquity of the Ikea shelves there is an index for it to compare spending power in different countries

Spacious four-bed home close to city centre has attic conversion and large rear garden

Six-bed with 0.75acres extended to incorporate coach house

17 Orwell Park, Dublin 6

Semi-detached Rathgar Victorian has been restored by both previous owners

1830s property on 0.4 acre has potential to become comfortable family home

Production of  Volkswagen’s camper van ended in 2013 but last month it was announced that a new modernised version will be put into production. Photograph: Julian Stratenschulte/EPA

Beloved ‘hippie van’ is set to return as an all-electric vehicle with a sleeker shape

Belisama, Woodlands Park, Blackrock, Co. Dublin

A fine family home marries period personality and modern luxury

1 Brookfield, Mount Merrion Avenue

This house, on the market for the first time since the 1970s, has space to play with

The outdoor swimming pool at 15 Ailesbury Park, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4

Dublin 4 property has seven bedrooms, a tennis court and an outdoor swimming pool

A pioneer of post-war Italian design, she was fiercely individualistic, always swimming against the tide

4 Darley Street, Dublin 6: opened up terraced house close to the Grand Canal.

Number 4 Darley Street in Dublin 6 uses space well and is close to the city centre

Four-bed house has a soaring entrance hall and the kitchen upstairs

 Broadcaster Ivan Yates: “They’ve gone with safety. They know what he’s going to deliver. It’s not revolutionary in any way,” said Craig Farrell of Zenith Media. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Yates’s switch to Newstalk’s drivetime show highlights lack of female voices on Irish radio

By 1936 the prototype was ready, looking much like the Aviator  today – a delicate lightweight frame encasing large teardrop-shaped green lenses.

Design Moment: how eye protection for 1930s US pilots became popular sunglasses

Four Cork Chairs  that have seen better days

These chairs have brown leather seating and tend to be the most sought after by collectors

The Irish Pavilion, designed by Michael Scott, at the New York World’s Fair of 1939. The building was shaped like a shamrock. Photograph:  Courtesy of RIA.

A perfect opportunity for a statement of national identity and purpose

52 Bayview Avenue

You could move straight in to this 102 sq m house, which was rented for some years

End-of-terrace at corner of South Circular Road and Dufferin Avenue has potential

The signature Pantone product are its guides, those narrow cardboard sheets printed with small, numbered colour swatches

When Lawrence Herbert invented a ‘universal language of colour’, it quickly took off

Some consider it the quintessential capitalist typeface because it used by so many corporations; others consider it socialist as i(...)

46 Edenvale Road, Ranelagh, Dublin 6: buyers will be attracted by the “all done” nature of the house.

Number 46 Edenvale Road has a clever extension that floods the kitchen with light

Number 78 Kincora Road, Clontarf, Dublin 3:  Art Deco house four double bedrooms.

Number 78 Kincora Road is a cool Art Deco home in a great Dublin suburb

59 Bushy Park Road, Rathgar, Dublin 6

A 1950s Rathgar bungalow on a 0.75 acre site will pique developer interest

 A Lalique frosted scent bottle modelled as a single flowerhead and stopper formed as a wasp, c. 1912

Design moment: Lalique, c.1888

The Irish Heart Foundation pulls no punches in its current “Stop Junk Brands Targeting Kids” campaign, saying that brands “use underhand and unregulated marketing tactics. Their influence has spread into children’s homes, digital devices and even their schools.”

The Irish Heart Foundation is campaigning against cynical advertising aimed at children

Le Bas Terrace, Rathmines, Dublin 6

Behind the redbrick facades, emphasis in the interiors is on space and light

Semi-detached house built in the 1870s retains many period features

Digital advertising boasts a no waste, data-driven measurability and pinpoint targeted delivery. Photograph: Istock

Spending on digital platforms is forecast to exceed ad spend on TV in the US this year

Toile de Jouy: Famous artists including Fragonard were commissioned to create designs and thousands of different ones were produced at the Jouy factory.

The fabric with pastoral scene designs has roots in the banning of cotton in France

95A Beaumont Avenue, Churchtown, Dublin 14

Modern, ready to walk into new house in a well-established suburb

28 Whitehall Road, Churchtown Road, Dublin 14 has  150sq m (1,609sq ft) spread over two floors

With its granite finish and redbrick detailing, 28 Whitehall Road feels like an old building

The Swiss  railway clock: the simple, unfussy  look proclaims reliability and order. Photograph: AFP/GettyImages

Strikingly simple look is a triumph of modernist design

15 Shanganagh Terrace, Killiney, Co Dublin

This instantly charming four-bed property has substantial gardens and piles of parking

4 Glenart Avenue, Blackrock, Co Dublin

No detail overlooked in quality turnaround project at No 4 Glenart Avenue

St Anne’s, Coliemore Road, Dalkey, Co Dublin: period details and stunning sea views.

St Anne’s (€2.7m) on Coliemore Road offers period details and a stone coach house

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